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Discussion in 'General Military Arms & History Forum' started by dbcooper, May 10, 2017.
Now that just funny.
Now that, my friends, is why I flew helicopters......
That's better than just a lol
That looks like it would be a butt puckering situation.
Oh, letting it dry after washing. I thought they were using it as a fish finder.
Looks like a Grumman F-9 Cougar hanging out to dry
Two seat trainer version, TF-9J.
And then there was this type of situation.
Best use of tail hooks is the pair of hooks points in my library used as bookends...Managed a few hundred "arrested" landings in my career...always glad to be stopped....
Did you know that if you engage the arresting barrier at the beginning of a shore runway instead of at the end that "some reassembly will be required"?
My "short" fields were at sea. Only witnessed one field arrestment by a squadron mate at Rota. He landed wheels up in a Scooter, I made a normal landing...He had lost the nose wheel on the cat stroke at sea, and was bingoed to Rota for a nose wheel. I made a normal landing, blew a main mount tire. He was picked up by the aircraft crane there, dropped his gear, they put on a new nose wheel, dropped his mangled drop tanks and he beat me back to the ship! Had to wait for a main tire to be brought from the carrier...embarassed? Yep...
Those pilots must of had cajonias the size of basketballs.
During WW2 the Naval Air Station here in Sitka boasted a runway the same length and width as a light carrier deck, supposedly complete with arresting gear, or at least the capability of having it installed. Most of the military air activity involved PBYs - both USN and RCAF - so I don't know if the "carrier deck" was ever used as such. These days the former NAS is home to University of Alaska facilities. The Alaska State Troopers have their training academy here in town, so they use the runway for practicing high speed turns and maneuvers.